These summer dessert recipes are crammed full of fresh berries and other delicious treats perfect for a hot summer day
From perfectly ripe strawberries to juicy and fragrant cherries, the hot weather brings with it a bounty of seasonal delights, including fresh fruit perfect for using in tasty puds and desserts.
We simply adore summer fruits like fresh raspberries with Greek yogurt or homemade ice cream, but you can also use them to create showstopping, delicious desserts.
Whether you’re looking for a classic summer dessert like Eton mess, or you prefer frozen desserts (sundae, anyone?) we’ve got you covered!
Peach & Raspberry Galette
A galette-style tart works for all seasons with so many ingredients, no tin needed. This is a lovely summery combo but you can use any fruits you like; a peach-plum galette or a blueberry-pecan galette is also a great choice. Just follow the same recipe, and substitute the fruit topping.
Hazelnut, Cherry & Amaretto Meringue Cake
Crunchy hazelnut meringue is paired with whipped heavy cream flavoured with vanilla, and served with strawberries. You can also use other summer fruits, such as fresh peaches or fresh blueberries (or even a combination of all three).
Eton mess is a quintessentially British dessert. The most important element of an Eton mess is the strawberries, which must be the finest you can get. A close second is the meringue, which makes a lovely crisp topping for that soft cream. This show-stopping dessert is a real crowd pleaser.
Edd Kimber’s Strawberry & Clotted Cream Slab Scone
If you like scones, you’ll love this scone traybake from Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber. Edd says: “British folk can’t agree on how to correctly pronounce the word scone or even whether the jam or cream should go on first, so this slab scone will be sacrilege for some, but I love it, as it turns a dainty afternoon tea staple into a perfect dessert.” Serve with whipped heavy cream and fresh fruit.
Traybaked Berry Meringue
The finest seasonal fruit and berries smothered in meringue that’s crunchy on the outside and marshmallowy in the middle. Tuck into a generous helping, served cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If summer means you’re searching for ice cream recipes, then we’ve got one for you! This unashamedly retro sundae combines strawberries, marshmallows, melty vanilla ice cream and anything extra anyone fancies!
Jam Jar Lime Cheesecakes with Raspberries
Our favourite no-bake dessert are these jam jar lime cheesecakes topped with fresh raspberries. The zingy cream cheese mixture (flavoured with lime juice and lime zest) pairs perfectly with the ginger biscuit base. A simple summer dessert you’ll be making again and again.
Mini Raspberry Ripple Doughnuts
There is something about a sugar-coated, freshly-fried doughnut that’s impossible to resist. Making your own is almost as satisfying as eating them!
Eton Mess Cake
How about taking this classic dessert, the quintessentially British Eton Mess, and turning it into an impressive show-stopping cake?
No-churn ice cream for all seasons
You don’t need an ice cream maker for this no-churn ice cream. The vanilla base can be made in moments; the secret star of the show is the thick, sweet condensed milk. It doesn’t freeze hard, which makes for easy scooping. Once you know how to make your vanilla base, the possibilities never end. Here we’ve suggested four ideas to get you going – one for each season. The idea is to reach for fresh ingredients when they’re at their very best. You can use the results in ice cream sundaes and ice cream sandwiches - delicious!
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